Favorite Read Alouds for the First Week of School

I always say that it takes two weeks for everyone to get settled in at the beginning of school. Routines are established, schedules are in place, students and teachers are settled in. I think we are now reaching that point, and now we are ready for a year of learning!

Now that I am settled in, I have the chance to share some of my favorite first week read alouds with you. There are so many wonderful picture books to choose from. These are the books I chose to share with my kiddos this year.


Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind is the book that I chose to share with my class to discuss finding those just right books and becoming a classroom of readers this year. This is such a cute book that students and teachers can both relate to. I know many of us have probably searched and searched for books for students just like Miss Malarkey.

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon is such a sweet book for a lesson on respect and treating others with kindness. It is a great follow up to our classroom rules introduction.

A cockroach is the most unlikely character that I would normally want to read about, but in Crickwing there are so many wonderful lessons to be discussed about bullying, treating others with respect, and working together, that I completely forget by the end of the story that Crickwing is a cockroach. If you haven't read this book, it is a great one to read.

My Mouth is a Volcano has been on my wishlist for a couple of years, and this summer I finally purchased it. It is a very cute book that even my fourth graders enjoyed, and learned from the message in the story. It is a great book for a discussion on how to work and talk with our partners and in our groups. Very cute!

I always enjoy reading First Day Jitters to my class. It is such a fun book that I think it is a great ice-breaker for the very first day of school. It helps to get us all relaxed and settled in, and helps to calm all of our jitters on the first day.

Over the years I have changed read alouds. This was the first year that I did not read Chrysanthemum, which is one of my all time favorites. I'm sure I'll come back to it later in the year, perhaps when we study character traits.

What are some of your favorite first week read alouds? There are so many great books out there! Do you have any new ones that you have discovered and tried?

Classroom Reveal 2015

Busy...whirlwind...That is how I would describe this past week and a half! We are beginning to get down our classroom routines and procedures, and this sweet little group that I have is working so very hard! I have been so busy, that I am just now getting around to posting my classroom reveal.

This year, I didn't go with a typical theme like I have in the past few years. Instead, I opted to go with pops of color: orange, turquoise blue, and bright green. It is strange that I have ended up with so much orange in my classroom, especially since a few years ago I would have told you that orange was my least favorite color. The school where I teach is a very old building, built in the 50's. Several years ago, a school committee decided to spruce up our hallways by painting the walls and doors. They decided to paint each classroom door a variety primary colors, and my door was painted orange... Well, to make a long story short, I have ended up with orange plastic bins, and curtains. Since then, I have moved classrooms, and my door is now green, but because of the money that I have invested in fabrics and bins, I still use orange in my classroom, and I must admit that it has grown on me.

So, now, here are a few pictures of my classroom...

To welcome everyone in my classroom, I created a door decoration from a cute plaque that was in my daughter's room. She redecorated her bedroom, and I thought this corkboard would be perfect on my door. I simply added a wooden letter and a bow.

I love positive sayings in my classroom, and this bulletin board turned out so cute and colorful! It is made with my Motivational Posters.
I wanted to create a colorful focus board this year, and I think this one turned out great. I decided to place it on my whiteboard so that I can easily write my objections each day. This bulletin board can also be found in my Tpt store. 

If you are familiar with my blog, you may remember that I had antique desk in my classroom. At the very end of the year, I was so excited when my principal told my team that she was going to purchase new desks for our classrooms! I have been teaching for 25 years, and this is the first time that I have ever had new desks! I was thrilled!  I have my desks grouped with 5 desk in each group. I purchased bookshelves and placed one at the end of each group of desks for folders and lunchboxes. 
I hope you enjoyed my classroom pictures!
Have a blessed weekend!

Monday Made It

It is hard to believe, but my first day of school is Wednesday. Teachers in my district have had professional development days since last Tuesday, and tonight we have open house. Needless to say, I have been very busy getting my classroom together. First, I purchased and put together five of these:

It is hard to tell from this picture, but these are bookcases that I placed at each group of tables. I'll show you the finished product at my classroom reveal coming soon!

Even with a being busy at school, I have found some time to do a few projects at home. We have several blueberry bushes, and fresh blueberries call for blueberry desserts. This one was very yummy!
Finally, I have had this picture for several years. The mat and picture were very faded and dated, but I still loved the frame. So, I replaced the mat, and had my husband to cut out some stickers.
This is the result.  Much better!
I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for this week's Monday Made it.
Have a blessed day!